Using the Online
No, you’re not shopping for books…
just finding where they are so you can get them for
Biblical Theological Seminary Library | 2016-2017
o Go to biblical.on.worldcat.org.
o You have 3 ways to start the search:
1. Basic search (the large search box)
2. Advanced search
3. Course reserve materials
o The big search box runs a simple keyword search (like Google),
so it pulls up results with your search term(s) anywhere: in
titles, chapter headings, names, etc.
o To narrow the results, use the filters in the sidebar.
Too many results? Need to narrow things down a little? Click the
check boxes in the left sidebar to filter what shows up. Filter by:
o Library (pick “Biblical Theological Seminary Library” to see only items
o TCLC includes books in the Tri-Sate College Library Cooperative
o SEPTLA includes books in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library
o Content (“Full Text” means you can read it online)
o Format (book vs. eBook vs. article, etc.)
o Databases (you can just ignore this one)
To see every option available for any one of these, click on the
“See All” button underneath the relevant list. To open or close a
filter, click the arrow at the top right of the box.
o On the results page, 1)
click the title you’re
interested in to see more
info about it, or 2) click
the author(s) to see
other items by them.
o Check underneath each
item to see whether it’s
available, and where to
find it in the library.
1. Click on the relevant heading
to see more information about
the item, other available
versions, or what libraries own
2. Place a BTS item on hold, or
3. request it be recalled if it’s
already been checked out.
4. Email or hyperlink the record.
5. Generate a citation for the
item that you can export.
6. Save the record to a
temporary list for future
reference. (The list will only
remain for the duration of your
7. Close the item detail to return
to the results list.
Item detail: online resources
An “Access online” button means the item can be read online. On-
campus, you should be taken directly to the book/article when you
click “View eBook” or “View full text.” Off-campus will require signing
in with your student number. If you encounter any difficulties, please
let the library staff know at email@example.com!
Item detail: interlibrary loan (ILL)
o If the library doesn’t own or subscribe to the book or article you’re interested
in, click the “Request Item” button.
o Note: if BTS owns the book, you can’t request an ILL, even if the book is already
checked out. Use the “Recall” option in that case.
o A new window
will open, where
you’ll need to
enter your name
o Please allow
several days for
articles to arrive,
and a week or
two for books.
Advanced search allows you to:
1. search by more specific
combinations of words or
phrases (or specify things to be
2. preemptively narrow the results
to certain years, languages, or
item format, etc.; and
3. choose which databases to
o Using the “Course Reserves” search, you can see what items
are currently being held on reserve, listed by course,
instructor, department, or course prefix.
o To see courses that aren’t currently running, check “Include
inactive courses” in the side box.
1. Click on the course title to see the items on reserve.
2. Inside the course list, click on the titles to see location and
Logging into the catalog
o In order to place a hold/recall, check due dates, or renew
your books, you’ll need to log in. To do so, click the “Sign In ”
link near the top right corner.
o In the new screen, enter your BTS username (which is the
same as your library barcode).
o If you’ve never logged in
before, you’ll need to click the
“Set/reset password” link.
Your library account
o Once you’re logged in, select “My Account” from
the drop-down menu under your name.
o Inside your account, you can renew items, cancel holds, or change
o Please note that you can’t renew items that have already been renewed once, or that have been
placed on hold by someone else.
o If you have many items checked out, you can sort them by due date, title,
Please let us know if you’re still scratching your head about
o Call: 215.368.5000 x123
o Email: firstname.lastname@example.org